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Catalog Number 10769-3-(1)
Title Blouse, Usn; W/ Pants 10769-3
Object Name Blouse
Description U.S. Navy "crackerjack" blouse. Made of lightweight wool, this navy blue service shirt has white stripes on the sleeve cuffs and along the long collar. Two white stars are also present on the collar. One pocket, highlighted by two navy stars, is present on the left breast. Inverted loops along the hem allowed for the regulation "blousing" over the trousers.
W/ Pants 10769-3
COLORS: navy, w/ white stripes on sleeve cuffs and collar, white stitch pants

In the pocket as a small typewritten note that said: "S means stars that shine above use. Thro' the night so clear. All: Olden song and olden story, yet forever new. (Pause then lower and extend letters toward the audience, and bow). All: (smiling) We wish you a Merry Christmas". See donor file for original note.
Date 1918
Year Range from 1918
Year Range to 1919
Material wool
People Albrecht, Louis Sr.
Other Name Blouse, Navy, Military
Event World War I
History Worn by Louis M. Albrecht, Sr., who served in the Navy in World War One.

Louis was born in 1896 in southwest Nebraska. Louis enlisted in May of 1918 and served with the Atlantic fleet during the last months of the War. He served on the Cuyama and the Wilkes. The Wilkes performed convoy duty, protecting ships carrying troops to the battlefields in France.

After the war, Louis attended the state agricultural school at Curtis, Nebraska, a seminary in Chicago and Kearney State Teachers College (1920-1924). He was ordained in the Congregational-Christian church serving five churches in Nebraska. He died in 1969 and is buried in Lincoln Legion cemetery.
Credit line Lillian L. Dudley, Crete (Saline), Nebraska
Collection Dudley, Lillian L.